Non Communicable Disease Control Program of DGHS and Disabled Rehabilitation & Research Association (DRRA) organized a National Seminar titled "Defining Disability for Health Workforce in Bangladesh on June 26 2018 at the Conference Room of BRAC Center Inn,  Dhaka. Prof. Dr. Abul Kalam Azad, DG, DGHS was present as Chief Guest while Prof. AHM Enayet Hussain, ADG (Planning and Development), DGHS presided over the seminar and Prof. Dr. Nasima Sultana, ADG (Administration), DGHS spoke as special guest.

Prof. Dr. Nur Mohammad, Line Director, NCDC welcome participants and shared objectives of the seminar. Dr. Khaleda Islam, Former Director, Primary Health Care, DGHS, Ms. Farida Yesmin, ED, DRRA and Ms. Rifat Shahpar Khan, Independent Consultant presented their key notes in line with the title of the seminar. A large number medical professionals, NGO representatives, persons with disabilities and people from all walks of life attended the Seminar.

A Guideline has been developed: 'Defining Disability for Medical Doctors and PHC Workforce in Bangladesh' to create greater access of persons with disabilities to public health facilities.

Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA) and MDF Training & Consultancy, Bangladesh, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 12 April 2018 in Dhaka as both have agreed to work together as Strategic Partners.  This is a beginning of Strategic Partnership between DRRA and MDF with a common goal of mutual benefits of organizational development, expanding scope of work with collaboration and to create a social impact to establish rights of the persons with disabilities in Bangladesh with a new dynamism.

With the theme 'All Children Are Welcome to School, Including Children with Disability`, eight thousand students, with disabilities and without disabilities, of 29 schools in Bangladesh, rang the bell at a time for a minute between 12:00-12:01. Thus they created the attention to the policy makers and others, who are in a position to eliminate the barriers that prevent children with disabilities (CwD) from going to school. In line with the 'We Ring the Bell' programme, a global campaign of education pioneered by Lilliane Fonds, an organization based in the Netherland, this extra-ordinary campaign is organized in Bangladesh by its strategic partner Disabled Rehabilitation and Research Association (DRRA) and its 19 partner organizations.

Children got together in school premises and created attention to the policy makers and other through making noise by ringing bells, drums, sirens, flute, whistle, dish-spoon etc. Along with students, parents, teachers, school committee members, educational officials, political leaders, civil society personnel, religious leaders, NGOs, local Government & local Administrative official, polices and journalists were also participated in the events.

DRRA and Directorate General of Health Services jointly organized a sensitization meeting on incorporating disability data in DHIS-2 database of the government. The meeting was held on 6 June 2017 at Shaheed Dr. Milon Auditorium of DGHS. Prof. Dr. A H M Enayet Hussain, Additional Director General (Planning and Development) and the Line Director Non-Communicable Disease Control (NCDC) facilitated the meeting while the Executive Director of DRRA Ms. Farida Yesmin presented the dissertation on common tools for screening and diagnosis of different type disabilities importance of disability data preservation under health system.  



In order to increase skill for identification and prevention of persons with disability and refer to the primarily identified patients to Upazila hospital, DRRA organized a Refreshers Training for 240 Community Health Care Providers who received full course training in last year. The training held for all CHCP of 9 Upazila under Satkhira, Chittagong, and Manikgonj district on the different period of the month of June 2017.

The refreshers training were held with giving special emphasis on basic statistics on disability, risk factors, Disability Protection Act 2013, Neuro-developmental disorders and Autism, Mental Retardation and disability due to mental disorder and others. The nature and symptoms of twelve types of disabilities were also discussed in the training. DRRA published a flash card on 12 types of disabilities and distributed among the CHCP and doctors. The training conducted as an activity of ‘Promoting Inclusive Health and Rehabilitation Services’ (PIHRS) project of DRRA supporting by CBM. DRRA is implementing this project under a joint initiative with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It may be mentioned here that DRRA signed a memorandum of understanding with Community-Based Health Care (Community Clinic). This is a strategic partnership between the organization and the authority of the Community Clinics of the government who are responsible for serving the health care services at the community level under the Directorate General Health Services (DGHS) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW).

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